In this one post we will discuss two different items from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Neither alone is worth our time, but the two of them — well, you can decide for yourself.
The first is There’s Nothing Like an Eyewitness, written by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. He has two middle initials, which is very classy, and he not only has a law degree, but he’s also a Doctor of Theology. He’s described at the end as “Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
After the fact, historic causes routinely leave behind physical effects, often with observable characteristics such as fingerprints, tire-tread impressions, or DNA. These can provide reliable inferences about what occurred at a specific location and time. However, for complete accuracy, there is nothing like a reliable eyewitness.
[*Groan*] It’s common knowledge that testimony from eyewitnesses is often the least reliable evidence — because of bias, unreliable memory, and other personal failings. Wikipedia has an article on the unreliability of Eyewitness testimony.
Most of Johnson’s post is about someone’s memory of the long ago sinking of a German battleship. Nice story, but we’ll skip it. Right near the end he gets around to creationism, and says:
But what about the mixture of marine animals and dinosaur remains? How would land-based reptiles get buried in the same (later hardened) mud layers as squid, shrimp, mussels, lobsters, scallops, oysters, clams, sturgeon, flounder, herring, and orange roughy fish? Can we know anything about what caused these physical effects?
He provides the answer in his final paragraph:
In a word, yes — but only if we rely on Genesis 6–9, the inerrant report given by the global Flood’s perfectly reliable eyewitness, God Himself. He inspired Genesis, and we hear Him clearly say throughout the Genesis narrative, “I know. I was there.”
That was the first ICR article. The second is Who Wrote the Bible?, by Brian Thomas, usually described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” If you want to know more about him, see The Mind of Brian Thomas. His new article begins with this:
I recently encountered a young man with no confidence in the Bible. His high school teacher taught him that a cluster of Catholic clergy cobbled the Scriptures together long after the events they describe — events like the Lord Jesus rising from the dead and the apostles traveling the world to proclaim His resurrection. Was his teacher right?
The teacher may have been referring to the Development of the Christian biblical canon, which did involve a lot of text selection and rejection, but Brian never mentions that. Instead he says:
The Dead Sea Scrolls rank near the top of a long list of Bible-confirming archaeological discoveries. … When compared with modern texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal virtually no differences after 2,000 years of Bible transmission. The few spelling changes and such did not alter the basic content of any verse. This disproves false stories about church authorities who supposedly sullied Scripture in its collection or transmission.
According to Wikipedia’s article on the Dead Sea Scrolls, some are Old Testament verses, most are writings not in the bible at all, and none are from the New Testament. They indicate that scribes faithfully copied earlier texts; but we don’t see any reference to the author of the original texts.
Another archaeological discovery also confirms biblical integrity. Archaeologists recovered third-century scrolls from Ein Gedi, Israel, in 1970.
Wikipedia has a write up on the En-Gedi Scroll, which says:
The En-Gedi scroll is an ancient and fragile parchment found in 1970 at Ein Gedi, Israel. It contains a portion of the Biblical book of Leviticus. It is significant as one of the oldest portions of the Bible in existence, and showing an important stage in the development of Hebrew scripture.
Here’s what Brian tells us about it:
Emmanuel Tov from the Hebrew University co-authored a technical report on the scroll scans. He told the Associated Press that the words were “100 percent identical” to the Hebrew book of Leviticus used today for Bible translations. “This is quite amazing for us. In 2,000 years, this text has not changed.”
Once again, we see that scribes took their work seriously. But we still see nothing about the author of the original text. This is Brian’s final paragraph:
Did humans write the Bible’s words? Yes, but not apart from God. Those “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” And His faithful servants have been meticulously copying those exact words ever since.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you have the answer to Brian’s title question: “Who Wrote the Bible?” Well, you have Brian’s answer.
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